News ID: 314288
Published: 0220 GMT June 27, 2021

Iran, Iraq reach initial agreement on Shalamcheh-Basra railway: Deputy minister

Iran, Iraq reach initial agreement on Shalamcheh-Basra railway: Deputy minister

Domestic Economy Desk

A preliminary agreement has been reached with the Iraqi side for the immediate construction of a railway connecting Shalamcheh in southwestern Iran to Basra in the Arab country, said a deputy Iranian roads and urban development minister.

Amir-Mahmoud Ghafari, the deputy roads and urban development minister for planning and resource management, added the agreement was reached in his recent visit to Iraq, IRNA quoted the ministry as saying.

Iran and Iraq signed an MoU in 2011 to build the railway, which was not implemented. In 2014, another MoU was signed between Tehran and Baghdad for the implementation of the project, according to which Iran is committed to design and build a 900-meter bridge over Arvand Rud, known as the Shatt al-Arab in Iraq, and the Iraqi side undertook to construct a railway with the length of 32 kilometers from Shalamcheh to Basra.

The entire 32-kilometer railway will be located in the Iraqi territory. Ten years after the the signing of the MoU, the project has not started yet due to the Iraqi side’s failure to fulfill its commitment.

In March, Iran’s Roads and Urban Development Minister Mohammad Eslami visited Baghdad and Basra and discussed the issue in separate meetings with Iraqi Minister of Transport Nasser Hussein Bandar al-Shibli and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

According to the ministry, Ghafari, in his recent visit to Iraq, met with Shibli and agreed to begin the operations to construct the railway as soon as possible.

The Iraqi minister said the two sides have agreed for the immediate and official submission of the content of a letter penned by the Iranian Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, as a proposal confirmed and supported by the Iraqi Ministry of Transport, with the aim of delegating the project to the company introduced by the Iranian side.



Resource: IRNA
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